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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Inca Collection of Alstromerias

'Inca Exotica'

The Inca Collection is a group of new cultivars of the hardy perennial Peruvian Lily or Alstroemeria, that has been produced by specialist Dutch breeder Könst Alstroemeria BV and is being launched at the end of August. The collection is highly recommended for both growing in the garden border or as container plants on the deck or patio. They all flower freely between late spring and early summer, reaching a height of 40–80cm (14-28in). The stems are also long enough for picking for cut flowers for the house.

Alstroemeria 'Konevotio' Inca Devotion - pink flowers of 6-7cm.
Alstroemeria 'Koexotica' Inca Exotica - yellow flowers of 5-6cm.
Alstroemeria 'Koglow' Inca Glow - dark red flowers of 4-5cm.
Alstroemeria 'Kolce' Inca Ice - cream-white flowers of 5-6cm.
Alstroemeria 'Konpulse' Inca Pulse - red flowers of 5-6cm.

The foregoing names are those under which the plants are currently being marketed. However, it is likely that these will be rationalised soon to comply with international standards of plant nomenclature.

To see illustrations of all the new cultivars visit the New Plants section of the GardenMessenger web-site click here.

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